Tactical UAV Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Tactical UAV Market is segmented by Application (Military, Law Enforcement, and Other Applications) and Geography (North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Rest of the World).

Market Snapshot

tactical uav market overview (2020)
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 19.85 %
Fastest Growing Market: Rest of the World

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Market Overview

The tactical UAV market is anticipated to register a CAGR of 19.85%, during the forecast period (2020 – 2025).

The growing sales of tactical UAVs are primarily due to the growing procurements of the UAVs by the armies. Moreover, it provides a competitive advantage in the battlefield.

Additionally, there is an increase in investments of various countries in the Asia-Pacific region, into the indigenous development of tactical UAVs. Countries, like China and India, have been investing in UAVs, while China already deploys several UAVs, including tactical and strategic UAVs, such as the ASN-209 tactical UAV system.

Integrating the technologies, like Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, hypersonic technologies, and swarms of small drones, into the existing tactical UAV technologies may provide future opportunities for the development of advanced tactical UAV systems.

Scope of the Report

With its current applications in Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition (RSTA), the tactical UAV mission set may be expanded to include target designation, strike, chemical-bio detection, mine countermeasures, theater air missile defense, electronic warfare, and information warfare. The market study includes the use of tactical UAVs in the military, law enforcement, and other applications, including railways, firefighting, and oil and gas, among others.

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Key Market Trends

Military Segment Dominates in terms of Market Share

  • Due to the diverse military application profile, the demand for tactical UAVs has witnessed a multifold increase, during the last decade. Hence, several procurement orders are either underway or being placed, to cater to the increased demand from global military forces.
  • For instance, in August 2019, the US Border Patrol, a part of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) forces, awarded a USD 5.25 million contract to AeroVironment Inc. (AeroVironment) for Puma 3 AE. The delivery of the systems is expected in January 2020.
  • Additionally, the global defense scenario has bolstered the R&D efforts divested toward the development of advanced tactical UAVs. Thus, the fresh procurement drives, as part of the fleet upgradation programs of the global defense forces, as well as investments into the development of new UAVs, are anticipated to drive the growth of the military segment of the tactical UAV market, during the forecast period.
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Rest of the World Segment to Experience the Highest Growth during the Forecast Period

  • The Rest of World segment of the market is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period, due to increasing R&D activities in countries, like Israel, and increasing procurements by countries, like Germany.
  • Furthermore, this growth is due to the increasing advancements in tactical UAVs in Russia and Ukraine. For instance, Anotov developed Gorlysta, a new tactical unmanned aerial vehicle, for the Ukrainian forces. This UAV multifunctional tactical unmanned aircraft consists four unmanned aircraft, a remote pilot station, and a command and communication link. The UAV can also carry missile systems.
  • Therefore, the increasing emphasis on indigenous development of Tactical UAVs led by Russia and Israel is anticipated to accelerate the growth of the market, during the forecast period.
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Competitive Landscape

  • The market of tactical UAVs is highly fragmented, with several providers, along with the UAVs that can be used for tactical and ISR missions. The key players in the market are The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Elbit Systems Ltd, and AeroVironment Inc., with a highest market share in 2019.
  • The Boeing Company is involved in R&D of tactical UAVs, under its wholly-owned subsidiary, Insitu, which is a major contributor toward Boeing's defense revenue from defense contracts.
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation was selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as a Phase 1 Swarm Systems Integrator for the Offensive Swarm-enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program. As a part of this program, the company is tasked with designing, developing, and deploying a swarm-system, open-based architecture for swarm technologies in simulation and physical test bed.
  • Furthermore, there are several smaller players that have constantly grown their market presence and are expected to play a key role in the future, as their technology matures and gains flight hours, while building technologies and capabilities made for their local users (military and non-military).

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Application

      1. 5.1.1 Military

      2. 5.1.2 Law Enforcement

      3. 5.1.3 Other Applications

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. France

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

      4. 5.2.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 DJI

      2. 6.2.2 Aeronautics Ltd

      3. 6.2.3 General Atomics

      4. 6.2.4 BAYKAR

      5. 6.2.5 BlueBird Aero Systems

      6. 6.2.6 Elbit Systems Ltd

      7. 6.2.7 AeroVironment Inc.

      8. 6.2.8 Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)

      9. 6.2.9 The Boeing Company

      10. 6.2.10 Safran SA

      11. 6.2.11 Leonardo SpA

      12. 6.2.12 Textron Inc.

      13. 6.2.13 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      14. 6.2.14 Northrop Grumman Corporation

      15. 6.2.15 Saab AB


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Tactical Uav Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Tactical Uav Market is growing at a CAGR of 19.85% over the next 5 years.

The Tactical Uav Market is valued at Rest of the World in 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Elbit Systems Ltd, AeroVironment Inc. are the major companies operating in Tactical Uav Market.

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